Kookaburra Village residents learn about Stroke

I may have been quiet on my blog over recent weeks, but I have been busy arranging presentations and forthcoming events. Today, I talked to some of the residents from Kookaburra Village, Caloundra, having been invited to talk about my stroke recovery by Mike Kerlew, resident of Kookaburra Village. (Mike and I met at my book launch last November). The morning went amazingly well, with 26 of the residents turning out to hear my story about my recovery and the publication of my book. I was also pleased to offer some insight into Stroke, some statistics and the work of the National Stroke Foundation and surprisingly, so few residents were aware of the ‘FAST’ message. They enjoyed my poetry and took away some Stroke Foundation leaflets for future reference..and I sold a few books.

Kookaburra Village residents

Thank you to Mary, the Secretary, for sending the invitation to all the residents; Joy Carroll, President of the Kookaburra Village Committee Social Club;  Keith Walton, Chairman of the Homeowners Committee and most of all Mike, my number one supporter who made it all happen.


(Photo showing Joy, Keith, Mary and Mike and some of the other residents)


Please keep checking the Events page of my website for events and things happening near you.


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Try before you buy!

I am very pleased to announce that Sunshine Coast Libraries are now stocking my book A Stroke of Poetry and there are three copies available through the Sunshine Coast Library website or visit Caloundra or Maroochydore libraries to have a sneak peek to read what all the fuss is about! Order your copy today!

Sunshine Coast libraries have also booked me for some library talks in May and June at four of the Sunshine Coast libraries and don’t forget that I will be at The BookShop at Caloundra on Valentines Day, Sunday 14 February 9:30am – 12:30pm where I will be selling and signing books.

Book launch signingHead on over to the Events page of my website for the full timetable of current events.

If you would like to purchase a copy, these can still be bought directly from me, from The BookShop at Caloundra and also available online. Every book sold raises much needed funds for the National Stroke Foundation.


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An inspirational story

Please meet Anne and Barry Rowbury.


Here’s her story….

I first met Anne early last November as Gillian, my hairdresser who has her own salon (Hair Garage) at Little Mountain told me Anne was one of her weekly clients.  Anne had suffered a severe stroke and after hearing about my book, she was keen to meet me and purchase a copy. Gillian coordinated our appointments one day so I could be at the salon to meet Anne. She is truly an amazing and inspiration lady and although she has limited mobility and limited vocabulary, dealing daily with Aphasia, Anne smiled and tried to converse the best she could throughout our time together. Anne’s philosophy was..and I quote her own words.

“It is what it is”. 

Anne and Barry were unable to make the Book Launch or my previous book signing due to other commitments, so yesterday I had the pleasure of meeting them in their own home. Barry tells me that the medical team at Nambour Hospital believed Anne would not last more than 24 hours but she baffled them all and continues to recover her health. Anne spent 6 months in rehabilitation, learning to walk and talk again, things not predicted by any of her medical team due to Anne only having 50% brain function.  A nursing home was arranged for Anne post rehab as she needed 24/7 care but Barry, her lovely husband, insisted that he would care for her at home. That was almost four and a half years ago and Anne has continued improve and celebrates her 72nd birthday next week. I truly believe that Anne’s attitude to life is so inspiring and Barry is clearly very proud of his wife.

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Valentines Day Book Signing


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I hope that everyone has had a wonderful celebration over the holiday season and those with children are getting back to some household routine once again. We are already seeing Easter eggs in the supermarkets and Easter is a full two months away! The next event of note is Valentines Day and I am very pleased to announce that I will once again be undertaking a book signing at the The BookShop at Caloundra on Bulcock Street on this very special day:


Bring your loved ones into town for a wander through the Caloundra Street market as there will be lots of festivities and please come and see me at The Bookshop to say hello and hopefully make a special purchase of my book. I hope to see you then.


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‘A Stroke of Poetry’ to help with Aphasia research

A few weeks prior to the book launch, I was contacted by Michelle Attard (Speech Pathology PhD student), from La Trobe University, who requested a copy of my book. Upon receiving the book, she was more than complimentary in her feedback and since then, we have communicated with regard to how my book can assist her in the work that she undertakes. I am very pleased to say that during 2016, Michelle will feature some of my poems in a research project with people living with Aphasia. Aphasia lab

Michelle said: ” I’m hoping this will inspire them and help them understand they can tell their stories in a range of different ways.”

A Stroke of Poetry was written with the sole purpose that it could help not only stroke survivors, but anyone who has suffered a traumatic illness or depression and needs to find hope and positivity to move forward with their life. Michelle’s use of my book in her research fills my heart with joy and this is the reason I wanted to share this news with you all.

For information about the research go to or contact Michelle Attard (Speech Pathology PhD student) at


Sunday morning book signing

Is this raining making you feel dreary? Do you wish you were getting into the Christmas ‘groove?’ What are your plans for tomorrow, Sunday 13 December?

Why not visit the Caloundra Markets, Bulcock Street and listen to the music, the happy stall holders and come and visit me from 9:00am at The BookShop, where my book, A Stroke of Poetry, is for sale. I will be signing them at the front of the store so please come and visit and have a chat.Book signing

Read the review from Mary Barber, Tamarind Magazine Book Convenor, who sums up the book quite succinctly. This really is “my heart and my soul” in this book and it should not fail to inspire anyone who needs a good read. See you tomorrow..bring your brolly!






Get what you give

Georgina Westley’s ‘lovebirds’

When I began searching for Mandalas and Artwork for my book, I spent days trawling the internet until I found some I liked and some I felt would be perfect for my book. I have beautiful Mandalas from Sharon Morgan, Manifesting Mandalas that fill my pages just awaiting to be coloured, but I also made contact with Georgina Westley, a UK artist, as I loved her artwork entitled ‘lovebirds’. I am so happy that she agreed for me to include this in my book and many friends have enjoyed colouring them in and sending me them. Lovebirds

Georgina has been kind enough to post a beautiful comment on her own blog. I have always believed that throughout life, we get back what we give, without expectation. This is one of those moments. Thank you Georgina and I am happy that we have done you proud.

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Amazing photos from a memorable day

My Weekly Preview were kind enough to send the lovely Tracy Naughton, Photographer, to the Book Launch/Stroke Foundation Fundraiser on Sunday 29th at the Caloundra Power Boat Club. Tracy snapped some of my lovely guests who all had a great time and joined in the fun of the day. The raffle, sale of stroke wrist bands and the Medikidz books raised a whopping $1300 for the National Stroke Foundation, which has now been deposited in their account. I could not have wished for a more wonderful day and thank you to everyone who came along, bought my book and donated their gifts and their money for this organisation.

I have many other photos taken by my lovely friend Jane Robinson, which are on my Facebook page.

Thank you to everyone involved.



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One day to go!

One more sleep until the Book Launch and Stroke Foundation Fundraiser tomorrow, and as I am sat in my home study, drinking my morning cuppa from my lovely mug that my friend Lesley bought me, I am going through my speech. I truly feel blessed to have had tremendous support from everyone, not only through my immediate stroke recovery, but from everyone who has helped me get this book to print. I publicly thank Mary Barber and Karen Faa, who have helped me organise this event and I have every confidence that the day will run perfectly.

Author mugI am told that my Community Notice I submitted was aired on TV last night so maybe we will half of Caloundra helping us celebrate the afternoon! I have had a few concerned calls this week from some guests who haven’t received a ticket and wanted to know how the day will run. Here are a few brief reminders for those who need to know:

  • This is a FREE event – no ticket required – CASH ONLY EVENT
  • Please arrive around 3:00pm
  • Registration (for those who wish to keep updated on the progress of the book) & name tags
  • Book sales – $20
  • FREE ticket for a glass of champagne/orange juice
  • FREE platters of nibbles and tea and coffee
  • Stroke wrist band sales/entry into Lucky Door prize – $2.00 (ALL proceeds to the Stroke Foundation)
  • Raffle ticket sales (over $3,000 of prizes) – 2 x $5.00 or 5 x $10 (ALL proceeds to the Stroke Foundation)
  • Cailtin Gibney, Singer/Musician will be entertaining us for the afternoon
  • Speeches from myself and Ted Gibbs, Stroke Ambassador
  • CASH bar
  • Please wear something blue in support of the Stroke Foundation
  • Have fun!
  • Any other queries…please phone me on 0432552375.

2 days to go

Over $3,000 of raffle prizes!

My heartfelt thanks go out to all those who have kindly donated gifts for the raffle in aid of the Stroke Foundation and we have over $3000 of prizes!  I certainly could not have made this happen without these contributions and I know that we will raise lots of funds on the day. Check out Patrick showing off all the amazing prizes to be won.Raffle prizes

Raffle tickets are 2 x $5.00 or 5 x $10.00 so please bring low denominations of cash.

We also have Stroke Foundations wrist bands to purchase at $2.00 each which will give you a Lucky Door ticket for more prizes to be won. The Lucky Door prizes have been donated by Suncity Travel (on behalf of Hello World) and my good friend and Next Real Estate agent Kerri Johnston, so there are plenty of prizes to be won.

Josh Goyne, a young man who lost his Grandad to stroke and now cycles to raise funds for the Stroke Foundation, kindly donated the wrist bands and also donated some Superhero ‘Medikidz’ story books written by Doctors to explain stroke to children. I am sure if anyone affected by stroke has children or grandchildren, these books would be worth a gold coin donation.

I have a plentiful supply of ‘A Stroke of Poetry’ books, the cost of which is $20.00.